Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 134 W. Williams St. at about 1 a.m. after a resident woke up and saw flames outside the house. A husband and wife, their three kids and a dog got out safely.

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Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 134 W. Williams St. at about 1 a.m. after a resident woke up and saw flames outside the house. A husband and wife, their three kids and a dog got out safely.

No injuries after home catches fire in Oak Creek

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Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters work to put out a fire at 134 W. Williams St. on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters work to put out a fire at 134 W. Williams St. on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters work to put out a fire at 134 W. Williams St. on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Chuck Wisecup/Courtesy

Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters work to put out a fire at 134 W. Williams St. on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

— No one was hurt when an Oak Creek home caught fire early Wednesday.

Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 134 W. Williams St. at about 1 a.m. after a resident woke up and saw flames outside the house. The resident tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, and firefighters were at the scene within four minutes of being dispatched, Wisecup said.

A husband and wife, their three kids and a dog got out safely.

Wisecup was working with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office during the day Wednesday to investigate the cause, which still is unknown. He said that the fire started on the exterior of the home and that investigators do not think it was intentionally set. The investigation was scheduled to continue Thursday with an insurance company investigator.

Wisecup said that wind in excess of 20 mph helped fan the flames but that damage mostly was contained to one side of the house.

Wisecup said there was no significant structural damage.

“There was very little damage inside from the fire,” Wisecup said.

Eight Oak Creek firefighters had to cut through the walls to put out the fire.

“The guys did a good job,” Wisecup said.

Damage was estimated at about $80,000.

The two-story, single-family home was built using straw-bale construction, where bales of straw were used for the walls and then covered with stucco.

According to Routt County property records, the 1,900-square-foot home sold for $146,500 in April 2011 and is owned by Jessica and Mark Fitzgerald.

When reached by phone Wednesday, Jessica Fitzgerald said the family was doing fine.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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Eric J. Bowman 2 years, 6 months ago

My house fire (old wiring) last August wasn't worthy of mention in the newspaper, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank OCFPD for their professional response. The fire started in the wall of my home office, where blasting it with water would have devastated my ability to earn a living (at least temporarily) by destroying all my computers and books. After using IR to locate the flames, the firefighters chopped out the burning wood, loaded it onto a salvage mat, then dragged it outside to extinguish it. They used maybe a gallon of water inside, if that, and cleaned up much more than I had expected they would.

All my office stuff and my home entertainment gear were covered with salvage mats before the axes and hoses came out, my stuff they had to move was treated with care, and my losses were zero (I rent), thanks to the fast response (Chuck arrived on scene as I hung up with EMS) shortly after midnight (why don't fires start during the day, I wonder). They were even respectful of Dude (my old cat), who insisted on supervising the operation underfoot. The wiring has since been "code upgraded" which I strongly urge all owners of older homes to discuss with their insurance agent, I was lucky not to lose everything.

Helluva job, guys and gals, keep up the great work!

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rhys jones 2 years, 6 months ago

Remember the Shadow Run fire? I watched that start to finish, my work window right next door. That fire burned for at least an hour, before the first firetruck showed up, a 600-gallon pumper truck. There was a fire hydrant 30 yards away from the core of the fire. Yet the (at the time) Steamboat volunteer fire department still walked around pointing fingers, and not putting a drop of water on that fire, for another hour, while the fire grew. Since it was largely absentee homeowners (but not totally; ask Susan (last name?) co-owner of the Tugboat, who lost everything) and most of the volunteers were contractors who foresaw more paying work the following summer, they just let it burn.

When Oak Creek and Hayden finally showed up, fire out of control by now, THEY put out that fire. I saw it. It's nice to have at least one professional fire department in the region. My hat's off to you, OCFD.

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